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CRIT5008: Evidence and Ethics in Critical Care

This capstone unit for the Master of Medicine (Critical Care) and Master of Science in Medicine (Critical Care) degree aims to develop students' ethical, reflective, critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making skills, required to inform best clinical practice. The unit is structured in two parts: an introduction to key ethical concepts and methods of ethical analysis; and an overview of evidence relevant to health care practice and research. Students initially apply ethical principles to examine a series of case studies. Students then critically appraise the evidence base for a clinical case study related to their area of practice. This will involve development of a clinical question, a literature search and review of selected studies, and application of critical appraisal skills to appraise a primary and secondary study in detail. Learning modules include further development of literature search and critical appraisal skills, applying decision analysis to facilitate shared decision-making in practice, and application of evidence to inform individual patient care.

Code CRIT5008
Academic unit Critical Care
Credit points 6
CEPI5100 and 18 credit points of stream-specific units from (a minimum of 12 credit points from (CRIT5001 or CRIT5002 or CRIT5003 or CRIT5004 or CRIT5005 or CRIT5006 or CRIT5007 or CRIT5009 or CRIT5010 or CRIT5011 or CRIT5012 or CRIT5014 or CRIT5015 or CRIT5016 or CRIT5017 or CRIT5018 or CRIT5019 or CRIT5020) and up to 6 credit points from (CLNP5005 or INTM5014 or PAED5007))
Assumed knowledge:
This unit of study is only available to medical graduates. Clinical experience in a critical care discipline such as: emergency medicine, intensive care, anaesthesia, surgery or retrieval medicine.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Explain and compare the features of predominant ethical theories relevant to evidence based health care practice and research
  • LO2. Describe and critically evaluate ethical principles and concepts such as autonomy, capacity, vulnerability, best interests and consent and their role in health care practice and research
  • LO3. Apply these ethical concepts to relevant contemporary issues or challenges in health care practice and research
  • LO4. Formulate a clinical question so that it fits into one of the four main areas (diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, harm) and can be answered by finding and using the best evidence
  • LO5. Select sources of EBM material appropriate for a given question
  • LO6. Retrieve appropriate evidence through optimal querying of selected sources
  • LO7. Critically appraise retrieved evidence for validity, importance and applicability including how the limitations of retrieved evidence modifies its applicability to patient care
  • LO8. Apply the factors involved in clinical decision making as they relate to an individual patient.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.